Parents and Guardians Handbook

This handbook is meant for parents and students who have already been accepted to AIS with the hopes of providing them with answers to their questions. If, after reading this handbook, you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Language Policy

At Abroad International School we believe language plays an essential role in all learning areas. We recognize that language development is an ongoing process. Students learn language, about language, through language and therefore, we acknowledge that all teachers are language teachers. Language is reinforced in multiple ways, including technically, practically, and as a medium of instruction. Language is the true transdisciplinary medium by which students and teachers make connections across the curriculum. Although English is the main language of instruction, systems are in place to encourage the support and development of all other languages used by students.

Assessment Policy

At Abroad International School written, taught and assessed curricula are interdependent. Assessment is an important tool to evaluate what students know and can do. Therefore, it is essential to determine when, how, and what to assess for planning, teaching, and learning. Teachers use a wide range of strategies and tools to assess students learning and maximize their potential within their “zone of proximal development”. Abroad International School promotes internationally-minded students thus assessments are considered as an essential facet of guiding the learners through the five essential elements of learning: the understanding of concepts, the acquisition of knowledge, the mastering of skills, the development of attitudes, and the decision to take responsible action. Also, it is important for the whole school community to understand the importance of assessment, what is being assessed, and the criteria for success. Assessment is used to screen the students’ progress, achievement, and effort. It is also utilized to adapt the curriculum and differentiate planning accordingly.

Academic Integrity Policy

This document outlines Abroad International School Osaka’s philosophy and practices on academic integrity and provides guidance for members of the school community.
● It provides the school with clear definitions of different aspects of academic integrity.
● It provides the school with a set of expectations that will promote consistency in approach and implementation.
● It provides caregivers with information about our principles and practices and assists them in understanding academic integrity and supporting it at home.
● It serves as a guide for teachers to reflect on their teaching techniques to facilitate academic integrity.

Health & Safety Handbook

It is the philosophy of AIS that each student and employee of the School has the right to study and work in an environment that is free of health and safety hazards and is protected as far as possible against the risks of contagious diseases or conditions. AIS also believes that every individual has an important role to play in safeguarding their own health (e.g., staying home when sick, etc.) and that of others.

Digital Citizenship

AIS believes that the use of technology, including any school devices, personal devices, softwares, internet, etc., offers unique resources for students and teachers and is therefore pleased to bring these services to its students. The school's goal in providing this service to students is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication in support of education and for uses consistent with the educational objectives of AIS.

Personal Device and Acceptable Use Policy

Abroad International School is committed to using educational technology to improve the learning experiences and achievements of all our students. Personal Devices provide us with opportunities to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential, develop knowledge, understanding, and skills through creative, critical thinking and problem-solving and engage them fully in their learning. This policy describes the rules, regulations, and expectations associated with the use of personal devices. The purpose of implementing the Personal Devices BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Program is to promote educational excellence: by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, research, creativity, communication, increased productivity, and mobile learning.

Inclusion Policy

“The International Baccalaureate (IB) believes in an inclusive approach to education that is designed to remove or reduce barriers so that every student can fully participate in, and develop through, IB programmes” (IBO, 2022, p. 1). Abroad International School strongly believes that all of its students, regardless of their differences, should be provided with authentic learning opportunities. The school will, at its best, utilize its resources and facilities to maximize student access for this provision. AIS promotes the IB principle to “encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right” (IBO, 2004, p. 4). AIS implements the following policy inspired by the IB stance on candidates with diverse needs.

Child Protection Policy

Abroad International School (AIS) Child Protection Policy is to maintain a school environment free of child abuse/neglect and provide a safe learning environment for the students. The Child Protection Policy intends to demonstrate the school’s commitment to preventing child abuse/neglect and clarifies the requirements for the child’s protection. It also demonstrates that the school takes this issue seriously and is willing to take on any duty and responsibility to create a safe and healthy environment for the students.

Wellbeing and Behavior Policy

Abroad International School aims to have a positive school climate, therefore we encourage a calm, purposeful and happy atmosphere within Abroad International School, where students can grow up to be multilingual, inquiring, and open-minded lifelong learners who are respectful of all cultures. Our well-being & behavior policy is rooted in the belief that all members of the school regardless of age, gender, race, color, religion, or disability: ● are of equal value as human beings ● have a valuable contribution to make to the life of the school ● grow in independent thought and judgment ● are responsible for their own actions ● have an equal voice This policy is a tool used to promote good relationships so that people can work together with the common purpose of helping everyone to create a positive learning community. It cherishes restorative approaches that repair the harm caused and restore harmony within the school community.